November 13, 2012 12:00AM
Among the things that Jack L. Leigh and his three sons have in common is military service. On Monday, Jack Leigh’s sons came from Idaho, California and South Korea to share something else with their father. As cameras clicked, the men officially dedicated stone pavers at Pittsburg State University’s Veterans Memorial as part of Veterans Day ceremonies.
Jack L. Leigh enlisted in the Navy as World War II was ending.
“I served in the Philippines and a little bit on the U.S.S. Amsterdam,” Leigh said. “I got to the Philippines on my 18th birthday.”
After the war, Leigh earned a bachelor of science degree and later a master of science degree from PSU. A retired teacher and coach, he and his wife, Opal, live in Girard.
The brothers said it was natural that each would serve in the military, given the example set by their father and uncles.
“My dad and all his brothers were in the military,” Jack C. Leigh said. “Vietnam came along and I just decided it was the right thing to do.”
The brothers said it was actually their sister, Karen Barnette, who organized the family gathering around the installation of the pavers. While the family is together, they will celebrate both of their parents’ birthdays (Jack L. will turn 85 in December).